James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: History

John W. Dower
Lecture title: "Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9–11/Iraq"
April 7, 2008

John Dower, Ford International professor of history, was the 2007–2008 James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner. Professor Dower is renowned for his expertise in modern Japanese history and US-Japan relations. His book, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the 1999 National Book Award for nonfiction, among many other awards. His lecture used examples from the past 66 years of warfare to show how government leaders, once bent on war, both deny history and rely on it. Read more at MIT News.


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Pauline Maier
Lecture title: "High Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reflections on the Bonds between Past and Present"
April 6, 1999

Pauline Maier, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of history, was the recipient of the 1998–1999 Killian Faculty Achievement Award and the first historian to be given that honor. The object of her lecture was to illuminate the impeachment proceedings of President Clinton in "new and interesting ways and perhaps begin making sense of them... in a broad historical context." Read more at MIT News.


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